Dec 9, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) rushes into the end zone for a touchdown during the third quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe Dallas Was Supposed to Lose

Monday nights game was painful to put it politely.  No defense and no real spark on offense.  Anyone who pays attention to the game of football knows games like this happen but I want to explore a less than popular idea, what if the NFL fixed the game to have the Cowboys season end week # 17, once again flexed to Sunday Night Football, for a win or get in scenario against the Philadelphia Eagles.  That would end the NFL regular season with a high viewing population which would equal ratings which all equals more money in the NFL’s pocket.


I know there are people who don’t believe there is anyway the NFL can be fixed.  But if you dig further and watch more than just the Dallas Cowboys games, there are a lot of things that make you scratch your head.  First of all, whenever Vegas is involved you have to be skeptical of sports.  Those who say you can’t fix spectacular catches, you are right, but you can fix certain games to have a certain outcome.


Let’s look first at the referee’s.  Monday night Sterling Moore picked off Chicago Bear’s quarterback Josh McCown but that was negated by a very bogus roughing the passer call.  That was a key momentum changer that was negated by the referee’s.  Interestingly enough, the referee’s are not allowed to speak to the media per their NFL contracts.  So no matter what mistakes they make, they are not held accountable with the media for them.


To go a little further, do you notice how almost every year, Dallas is almost there, to the playoffs, only to have their final division game flexed to Sunday Night Football to determine who goes to the playoffs from the NFC East? It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out win or lose, the Dallas Cowboys, will be watched and make money regardless of a playoff appearance or not.


So going back to week 17 this year, if the Cowboys somehow pull it out against the Green Bay Packers, without Aaron Rodgers, this weekend and the Washington Redskins, without Robert Griffin III, don’t play spoilers, it will come down to week 17 between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys, for a third straight year, a win or go home game., just as the NFL wants it.

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  • Earl Robertson

    Your conspiracy theory doesn’t work because of one thing the schedule! It is made way before the season begins. No way NFL can predict that NY, wash, philly would be at the end fighting for a spot with the cowboys 3 straight years

  • SmartThinking

    Your naïveté regarding the state of the Dallas Cowboys and Las Vegas oddsmakers is staggeringly Pollyannaish.

    If weekly betting numbers were totaled just for any one weekend’s pro football games, the total would more than equal the retail shopping numbers for this entire country. Toss in college football betting and those numbers compound by a factor of 1,000. Thinking you can change pro football by eliminating gambling on games reminds me of those sad little women with axes who thought they could turn this country into non-drinkers by initiating prohibition.

    Do you read any of the articles and stories on this site? The upcoming Dallas-Philadelphia game has been the object of much discussion and comment for weeks now. I get the sense, after reading your missive, that you’ve just come up with the idea that this game might be important.

    Writing about the Cowboys requires knowledge about the team. Please go get some.

  • Old Frog

    I hear what you are saying but even if it were possible, they fixed it the wrong way. If the Cowboys win then they are tied with the Eagles. Now if the Eagles win their next two and the Cowboys drop one, it’s over…the last game doesn’t count for squat. So now they have to hope the Boys win out and fix at least one Eagles game to keep the series competitive and produce the winner take all final game. Seems like too many moving parts.

    • Ed

      Yep. Consider the rest of the NFL and the other “win or go home” games that will be played. All one big master plan? PAH-LEEES!

  • grkorbel

    This may be the most frighteningly paranoid post on sports I’ve ever seen. And I thought the people who believed in cloud-seeding and 9/11 being an inside job were off in the tall grass.